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Decisions, decisions: VDI storage considerations and choices

Implementing efficient storage for virtual desktops is no longer the barrier it once was. Use this guide to learn more about various VDI storage strategies and the choices you'll face during a VDI implementation.


After making the initial decision to pursue a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), storage managers will find themselves faced with a number of decisions. How do you prepare your environment for VDI? And what happens once the technology is implemented? While building storage for virtual desktops was once a huge hurdle, a number of VDI products have recently come to the forefront to help users lighten the task.

The links below provide in-depth information about VDI benefits and challenges. In addition, renowned VDI expert Brian Madden offers his VDI storage considerations. Whether you're considering implementing a virtual desktop environment or simply trying to see the impact storage could have on your VDI project, this guide should put you on the path to understanding what is out there and empowering you to make your own virtualization decisions.

1VDI preparation-

Deployment and planning

Deploying virtual desktops is no simple task, but there are some VDI storage considerations that can ease the process. VDI management products can help you to prepare your environment to avoid complications during an implementation.


How to provision storage for VDI

When allocating VDI storage, you need to address desktop and user data storage allocation needs separately. Taneja Group's Tom Fenton explains how in this expert response. Continue Reading


The benefits of VDI assessment tools

Not every physical computer is a candidate for VDI. To determine whether yours fits the bill, you should do a desktop assessment. Continue Reading


Data reduction methods for VDI storage

High VDI storage costs can be dramatically reduced using data reduction techniques like deduplication and compression. Continue Reading


Choose the right hardware for a VDI deployment

Brien Posey explains how to create a checklist for your hardware needs, and where to focus your attention with VDI storage. Continue Reading


The differences between server and VDI storage

Storage is often the scapegoat for a failed VDI project. But users need to remember that desktop storage and server storage workloads have unique requirements. Continue Reading

2VDI in action-

Uses, options and products

Once VDI is deployed, storage managers will likely find they have further decisions to make, ranging from hardware options to disaster recovery (DR) strategies.


Four ways to use VDI for DR

While much of the emphasis on disaster recovery planning is on servers and server workloads, organizations that have adopted virtual desktops need to consider how they'll get up and running after a disaster. Continue Reading


University solves VDI latency problem with Nexenta

Learn how Northern Arizona University used Nexenta storage software to solve its VDI performance problem. Continue Reading


VDI issues solved

There are more use cases where both persistent and non-persistent VDI can be effective. Continue Reading


Hyper-converged infrastructure as a VDI storage option

Discover why hyper-converged storage is a great option for virtual desktop environments. Continue Reading


Which flash array works best with VDI?

Deciding between an all-flash or hybrid array for your virtualized desktops? This expert answer explains the pros and cons of each approach. Continue Reading

3Expert advice-

Brian Madden on storage for VDI

VDI expert Brian Madden discusses the impact of storage on virtual desktop projects, how to measure VDI success, and why VDI technology and storage are not the enemies they once were.


It's time for VDI to come into the light

The hurdles around VDI have been overcome, according to Madden, allowing adoption of the technology to finally flourish. Continue Reading


VDI vendors should focus on managing users and apps

Desktop virtualization vendors don't need to manage images or provisioning, just the users and applications. According to Madden, that's just the way it should be. Continue Reading


Storage options and possible limits for VDI

Madden discusses if there is a limit to VDI project size, and whether you should use a provider or do it yourself. Continue Reading


Know your resource needs before implementing VDI

Before you walk the virtual desktop path, Madden recommends users explore their resource requirements using an assessment product. Continue Reading


Is this the year of VDI?

Technology advancements in storage and graphics are making VDI a more attractive proposition. Continue Reading

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